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Weekly Links: Operation Beautiful Grows and How to Get a Workout in the Kitchen!

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6/26/2009 4:07 PM   :  30 comments

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It's Friday and time for a roundup of the week's most interesting, educational and entertaining links. Our first link is an update on last week's link roundup. Read on!

UPDATE: Operation Beautiful
Caitlin had such a tremendous response from all of you dailySpark readers and others that she expanded Operation Beautiful into its own site! Check out all the happy, feel-good notes. (I posted three and sent her photos!)

Check out Operation Beautiful!


Now You're Cookin'
"If you're short on time and a little creative, it's easy to sneak exercise into your daily routine. I've done a few lunges before hopping in the shower, calf raises while brushing my teeth and isometric ab toning when sitting in traffic. But when it comes to working out in the kitchen, I've gotten no more creative than doing a few push-ups against the counter and some squats while waiting for water to boil. I'm clearly missing out on some real workout potential in the kitchen. If you're looking for more ideas, check out this little video (The Biggest Loser's Alison Sweeney makes a cameo)." (Note: This appears to be a joke or a publicity video from GE. Even so, it's funny!)

From Fit Bottomed Girls

Your Doctor Hates These 5 Things About You
"I can think of plenty of reasons going to the doctor annoys me. I hate the long wait--I spend more time talking to the nurse than the actual doctor, and when I do see the doctor, he's always so quick to write out a prescription and send me on my way. Who knew, though, that doctors find us frustrating, too. Here are five things MDs hate about their patients."

From Fit Sugar

Discounts Have Restaurants Eating Own Lunch
"Consumers brave enough to pull out their wallets in this economy have grown accustomed to fire sales on every kind of merchandise, from fancy dresses to gas-guzzling cars. Now, add another item to the list: the casual restaurant meal."

From NYTimes.com


Chicken Breasts with Tarragon-Mustard Paste
"This is my no-brainer weeknight grilled chicken meal. I use this same mustard paste on chicken thighs and wings. Whisk together the mustard mixture, slather it on the chicken breasts, and you’re good to grill. There’s even time, while the grill is getting hot, to make a salad."

From Cookstr.com



Does the Color of an Egg Yolk Indicate How Nutritious It Is?
"The bottom line, says Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat and the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, is that “the color [of an egg yolk] doesn’t reflect the nutrient value in any significant way.”"

From Chow

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Comments

  • 30
    I liked Operation Beautiful - 7/7/2009   4:00:33 PM
  • 29
    The 5 things the doctor hates about the patient caught my eye - 6/30/2009   5:02:23 PM
  • 28
    I constantly struggle with my body image and living in a college town with lots of skinny girls, it's hard not to get down. Looking at operationbeautiful.com brought tears to my eyes. I realized everyone feels insecure but it only takes one thing to bring you back up. I'm going to start posting notes around too! Thanks so much! - 6/30/2009   10:10:57 AM
  • 27
    I have been washing my dishes by hand and while I do I do squats and calf raises, I do lunges forward and side ones while cooking etc. I am getting a workout not the dishwasher.lol. - 6/28/2009   11:33:21 PM
  • 26
    The one that caught my eye was The 5 Things Your Doctor Hates About You! - 6/28/2009   10:20:21 PM
  • 25
    I like the one about exercising in the kitchen. I spend a lot of time cooking and canning and so I always felt like I didn't have the time to exercise. Now I can do some walking in place and toe raises and what ever else I can think of while I am peeling vegetables and stuff. Great Idea!!! Thanks. - 6/28/2009   5:07:53 PM
  • 24
    I was seriously looking for a kitchen workout. I think this youtube "strong as steel" was a joke. You can't open and close your oven or frig door when food is cooking/cooling. Bad energy conservation.
    Some, like squats to reach the lower shelves and pushup off the drain board are things I do already. Superduper 26 gave me toe raises.
    thanks.
    It was funny. - 6/28/2009   3:59:07 PM
  • 23
    I was seriously looking for a kitchen workout. I think this youtube "strong as steel" was a joke. You can't open and close your oven or frig door when food is cooking/cooling. Bad energy conservation.
    Some, like squats to reach the lower shelves and pushup off the drain board are things I do already. Superduper 26 gave me toe raises.
    thanks.
    It was funny. - 6/28/2009   3:58:12 PM
  • 22
    I was seriously looking for a kitchen workout. I think this youtube "strong as steel" was a joke. You can't open and close your oven or frig door when food is cooking/cooling. Bad energy conservation.
    Some, like squats to reach the lower shelves and pushup off the drain board are things I do already. Superduper 26 gave me toe raises.
    thanks.
    It was funny. - 6/28/2009   3:57:59 PM
  • 21
    I loved this blog i can't pick out a favorite the chicken sounds good - 6/28/2009   1:46:19 PM
  • 20
    The egg article was interesting because I have been buying local eggs from free range chickens. I have been buying them not so much because of the health aspect of it, but to help out a local business. But the yolks are so very yellow and I was wondering if they actually have more nutrition, hoping that they do and it would be a side benefit. However, I found that the article somewhat contradicted itself, so still don't know if they have more nutrition or not. - 6/28/2009   10:08:22 AM
  • 19
    Operation beautiful is well... a beautiful idea!!! I plan to start at work. Thanks! - 6/28/2009   10:03:20 AM
  • 18
    OH MAN!! As a teacher, I am ALWAYS carrying post-it notes with me! BOY! DO THEY HAVE A NEW MISSION! I love Operation Beautiful! What a great way to take random acts of kindness to a new level! I am so psyched to begin doing this! Starting at church tomorrow! I love it! It's like being a "Sticky Note Spy..." - 6/27/2009   10:39:14 PM
  • 17
    I read the article about the restaurant discounts with interest. My husband and I had this very conversation just a few days ago. Will we ever go back to "business as usual" again after the recession receeds? I know we are a fickle bunch of people here in the U.S., but we have had so many everyday items deeply discounted I wonder if we can ever go back to the way it was before this whole thing started? Bad for business but pretty nice for consumers! - 6/27/2009   3:46:18 PM
  • 16
    Operation beautiful is a great site and an even greater idea! I never heard of it before, but you can bet I'll be carrying sticky notes with me now. Thanks for the article! - 6/27/2009   3:43:55 PM
  • 15
    Operation beautiful is a great site and an even greater idea! I never heard of it before, but you can bet I'll be carrying sticky notes with me now. Thanks for the article! - 6/27/2009   3:43:54 PM
  • 14
    I love operation beautiful. It's great to see pictures people have sent her of the notes and the people are all shapes and sizes. If they can believe they are beautiul, why can't I? Thanks for the update. =) - 6/27/2009   2:30:17 PM
  • 13
    Regarding the article on casual dining restaurants: clearly it hasn't occurred to the yoyos running those operations that an increasing number of us are refusing to eat there not because of the prices, but because THEY REFUSE TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE NUTRITIONAL INFO FOR THE FOOD THEY SERVE. Get a clue, guys -- we consumers are getting wise to the unhealthy crap you're asking us to pay to put into our mouths. That's not worth the bother, no matter what kind of prices you charge. Clean up your act, 'fess up on the details, and maybe we'll consider returning to your establishments.

    -- Jeannette - 6/27/2009   1:38:09 PM
  • 12
    I Love Operation Beautiful! Now I have a use for all the post-it notes that I have in my office...since I lost my job, I have no use for them...uh...until now! Thanks Stephanie! - 6/27/2009   1:01:23 PM
  • 11
    I just sent the Operation Beautiful link to my sister and two friends, with the subject line, "Hey, Beautiful!" and the message, "Psst! Pass it on!" Imagine a "You're beautiful" chain letter.

    I often do step-ups in the kitchen, using my little pink stepstool (which I need to reach high shelves).

    If doctors want to know about us, they need to spend time with us. When we can't get prompt appointments, and get rushed through, well, how much trust and communication can really take place?

    The restaurant price war commercials drive me crazy! Too much temptation. Thank goodness there are no chains in my town.

    I dunno about this egg claim. When I raised my own hens, they got alfalfa and fresh produce scraps, along with whatever weeds and bugs they foraged for, and of course he best layer ration and scratch I could buy. The yolks were deep orange from all that extra Vitamin A. The shells were very hard, lots of extra calcium in their diet. I have to think that these were premium eggs. You get out of your eggs what you put into your hens. - 6/27/2009   12:39:57 PM
  • DIET_NO_MORE
    10
    It's a real toss-up this week, Stepfanie...between Operation Beautiful, which I adore, and the - yum!! - tarragon mustard recipe for chicken! - 6/27/2009   12:32:28 PM
  • 9
    Love the Strong as Steel. Very hokey but that's OK. I didn't go to their website to check out their "real video" but just the ad gave me some idea's like using the counter for tricep dips. How perfect! - 6/27/2009   12:22:40 PM
  • THEASPINS
    8
    That egg article strikes me as rather stupid. There is mounting evidence that pasture-raised eggs are in fact healthier than factory farm eggs, and then in the next statement the ENC states that there is no difference? How much do we want to bet that the ENC is owned by conventional egg producers? - 6/27/2009   10:16:14 AM
  • 7
    On my last visit to the doctor he commented about how self-motivated I am, but I'm sure he was wondering why I didn't get motivated sooner. - 6/27/2009   9:59:34 AM
  • 6
    For the restaurants one, this is afast food suggestion, rather than an informal restaurant, but anyways. I used to work at McDonald's (not all will accept the suggestions, but its worth a shot for them and all fast food). All the ones in Winnipeg accept expiered coupons. Cant comment on other locations but anyways...

    I have quite a few 2 can dine for $8.98, as long as it's still in the system, they'll accept it as that, if not, they might do buy one, get one free. There are a number of buy one, get one free coupons in my purse, as well as buy one salad and get that one salad at half price.

    They have accept competitor's coupons for at least the last 10 years, most people just don't know about it. And for the kid's meals. Find it annoying to get the toy? You can substitute it for a bag of McDonaldland cookies (if you're lucky, even for a bag of apple slices). - 6/27/2009   9:56:02 AM
  • 5
    I LOVE the Operation Beautiful idea! What a simple way to brighten someone's day and give them a boost of self--esteem! I wrote a column about it this week for Examiner.com. Check it out. :)
    http://www.examiner.com/x-1442-Balt
    imore-Healthy-Living-Examiner~y2009
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    - 6/27/2009   7:14:30 AM
  • 4
    Strong as Steel really cracked me up- thanks for leading us to that hilarious video. - 6/27/2009   2:40:10 AM
  • 3
    One thing my doctor hates about me is that I constantly challenge his advice. I am one of those nightmare patients that most doctors love to hate. - 6/26/2009   11:21:10 PM
  • 2
    I can imagine that Drs. get teed off about our habits. However my Dr. thinks a lot of me. After having me for a patient for about 3 years and saying I needed to stop smoking I still continued to smoke. I also didn't exercise and I'm sure he got quite frustrated with me. However I went through a change and quit drinking, smoking, started exercising, and drinking 8 glasses of water a day. He even said to me one day, how do you drink 8 glasses of water a day and I said I started with spark people and started slowly and built it up til I was drinking 8 glasses a day. I just kept it up from there. I can tell he's really proud of me and all the changes I've made with myself. - 6/26/2009   9:13:53 PM
  • 1
    Loved the kitchen exercises video! I am a sneaky-exercise fanatic, although I never thought to involve the oven door, I have been known to jog in place while washing/rinsing dishes (open the under the sink cupboard door so I don't bang my knees on it) and load the dishwasher via full squats one item at a time. Toe raises while putting dishes away, again one piece at a time (even silverware), and balance on one leg while stirring stuff on the stove.
    It looks funny, but its totally entertaining both for me and anyone who happens to catch me in the act!

    - 6/26/2009   5:48:43 PM

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